2017 Press Releases
UCC celebrates John A's 90th
The Community of University College Cork gathered in the University's Aula Maxima to celebrate the 90th Birthday of John A Murphy, Emeritus Professor of Irish History and University Historian.
As part of the celebrations, a bronze portrait bust of John A was unveiled. The bust will be displayed in a prominent public location on campus.
The bust comes from an original plaster model of Professor John A Murphy made by his great friend Seamus Murphy RHA, sculptor, in 1973 and held currently by the Crawford Gallery Cork.
VIDEO: UCC historian John A Murphy on permanent display https://t.co/JTBzYtoYVJ— UCC Ireland (@UCC) January 18, 2017
The bronze piece was commissioned by UCC from the Murphy Family through Colm Murphy and his sister Bebhinn Martin. It is the first and only bronze piece to be cast from the original. The casting was done by sculptor Barry Linnane. He was assisted by sculptor Don Cronin, in whose foundry at Innishannon the piece was made in late 2016. The stone plinth was carved by Terry McCarthy, Cork.
Former senator Prof John A Murphy has bust unveiled at UCC for 90th birthday https://t.co/p5KeZAmnjp— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) January 17, 2017
UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy described John A as "an institution within our institution" who created much of the College's history, as well as writing about it. Professor Tom Dunne who worked alongside John A for 20 years described him as a fearless public intellectual who made an extraordinary contribution to UCC.
Best wishes to distinguished Cork man John A Murphy on his 90th birthday. Still missed in the Seanad !— Michael O'Regan (@MOReganIT) January 17, 2017
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